Passenger Hurt In Crash, Driver Charged With Vehicular Assault

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ARKWRIGHT – A City of Dunkirk man is facing a number of charges including vehicular assault following a crash on Rt. 83 in the Town of Arkwright just before 2 a.m. Saturday.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office alleges Jeffery L. Ortel, 39, was impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol while driving his vehicle.

Deputies said a passenger in Ortel’s vehicle sustained serious physical injury in the crash.

They were transported by ambulance to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Ortel was arrested and charged with second-degree vehicular assault, fail to keep right and driving while ability impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol.

Deputies said Ortel was held at the Chautauqua County Jail pending arraignment.

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